On November 27, the Italian Coast Guard and conservation organization The Black Fish signed an agreement to help combat illegal fishing in the Mediterranean Sea.
“We have set out today on a new collaboration, based on our positive experiences of working with The Black Fish to date,” Captain Samiani of the Messina section of the Italian Coast Guard said in a news release. “We want to continue this partnership within our region and see how, in future, we can expand it to our command structure nationwide.”
The historic agreement paves the way for “direct cooperation between NGOs and authorities” and details how the organizations will share evidence and intelligence in an effort to end illegal fishing operations. The groups will also work together to further enforcement of fisheries regulations in the area.
“The Mediterranean Sea is a hotbed of illegal fishing activity, often with involvement from organised crime organisations,” explained Wietse van der Werf of The Black Fish. “We have investigated and exposed fishing crime in this region over the last years and are very pleased to announce that thanks to this new cooperation with the Italian Coastguard, the evidence collected by our Citizen Inspectors can now aid enforcement directly. Working in partnership with one of Europe’s largest maritime enforcement organisations is a big deal for conservation.”
To learn more:
- Read our Ocean Organization Spotlight on The Black Fish.
- Read the full news release: The Black Fish signs historic agreement with Italian Coastguard.
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